The Coal Trail
In October 1984, Coal News reported
that Scotland's new National Mining Museum was based on two
sites linked by a unique '800
years of coal' heritage trail.
Prestoungrange colliery, saved from oblivion by its last General
Manager and first Honorary Curator, David Spence, was joined by
the Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtoungrange.
Since that time Prestoungrange has literally fallen off the Coal
Trail and all the attention has gone to Newtoungrange which is
now styled as 'The' Scottish Mining Museum.
Prestonpans certainly wishes it good luck, but we are also determined
to resurrect the Coal Trail as a tourist feature and encourage
visitors to either end of the Coal Trail to journey all the way.
Significantly for the Prestoungrange Arts Festival, the early
museum contained mainly excellent
illustrations by Mrs Annette Lyle and their Mural panels With
the assistance of the curator at Newtoungrange they have been
In 2004 Prestoungrange Arts Festival revised and published a new
Trail leaflet. It has efocused a great deal of attention and
starts with The Dean Tavern and ends at The Prestoungrange Gothenburg.